Gateway Church (Texas)

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Gateway Church
Gateway Church 114 Campus.jpg
Worship in 2011
CountryUnited States
DenominationNon-denominational charismatic
FoundedApril 2000
Senior pastor(s)Robert Morris (lead senior pastor)[1]
Jimmy Evans (senior pastor)[2]
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Gateway Church is a non-denominational, charismatic Christian multi-site megachurch based in Southlake, Texas, near Fort Worth. It is the largest congregation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, with an estimated weekly attendance of 36,000 as of 2016.[3]


On September 16, 1999, Pastor Robert Morris began to plan a Bible-based, evangelistic church in Southlake, Texas. Gateway Church's first service was held on Easter morning, April 23, 2000, at the Hilton Hotel in Grapevine. Approximately 180 people attended the service. The church grew, and moved to an old movie theater in Grapevine. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.[4]

In June 2003 the church moved into a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) campus on Southlake Blvd. In 2010 Gateway opened its current 4,000-seat sanctuary, 64-acre (26 ha) Southlake campus.

In 2016 Gateway reported official giving records totaled over $500 million for the previous four years (2013–2016). For 2016 their annual report showed revenues of $127.2 million minus $123.9 million expenses, $3.5 million less than total revenue. Gateway also spent $9.9 million on land and other expenditures which includes the land for the Frisco location and the Dallas campus.[4]

In 2017 Gateway Church confirmed 10–15% downsizing of their entire staff.[5] The downsizing story gained national attention by other church media outlets.[4]


The church currently conducts 29 weekend services at eight locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and two prison campuses.


Worship in 2010, old Southlake Campus

In 2008, the church began work on a new main campus located along State Highway 114. The project included a 4,000-seat sanctuary. It opened on November 13, 2010. Pastor Mark Jobe serves as the Campus Pastor.[6]

North Richland Hills[edit]

In November 2007, Gateway opened a new campus in North Richland Hills, Texas. The building is almost 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) in size and sits on approximately 9 acres (3.6 ha). Weekend services at the NRH Campus are a mirror of those at the main Southlake Campus with live worship and personal ministry, but with the message delivered via live video from the Southlake Campus. Pastor Stokes Collins serves as the Campus Pastor.


In April 2010, the overseers of Northstar Church in Frisco, Texas asked Gateway to assist them in a transition process following the resignation of their senior pastor, Blaine Bartel.[7] Gateway provided video messages and worship teams for the church before announcing that Northstar would become a Gateway extension campus on June 10, 2010.[8] As with the other extension campuses, the weekend services are a mirror of those at the Southlake Campus with live worship and personal ministry, but with the message delivered via live video from the Southlake Campus. Pastor Jelani Lewis serves as the Campus Pastor. In 2015, the Frisco campus averaged 2,901 people per weekend according to the church's annual report.

North Fort Worth[edit]

The fourth campus of Gateway Church started weekend services in a temporary location at Fossil Ridge High School in August 2012. A permanent location at the intersection of Beach and Basswood opened in July 2013. As with the NRH campus, the weekend services are a mirror of those at the Southlake Campus with live worship and personal ministry, but with the message delivered via prerecorded video from the Southlake Campus. On October 7, 2012, the North Fort Worth location began offering a third service to help meet the growing congregation size. The North Fort Worth Campus currently offers five services to serve their congregation. Pastor Mondoe Davis serves as the Campus Pastor. In 2015, the North Fort Worth campus averaged 6,395 people per weekend.

Grand Prairie[edit]

In early 2013, it was announced that Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, would become a campus of Gateway. The transition started in March 2013. The Grand Prairie location seats around 1,500. The campus is off of 161 (The President George Bush Turnpike) and Carrier Parkway. Pastor Steve Thompson serves as the Campus Pastor. In 2015, the Grand Prairie campus averaged 1,784 people per weekend.


In October 2015, it was announced that a former extension campus of Prestonwood Church in North Dallas, Texas, would become the newest Gateway extension campus. The first service was held March 5, 2016. Pastor John Cruze serves as the Campus Pastor[9]


In February 2019, it was announced that a new Gateway Church Campus will be launched in Justin, Texas, beginning on September 22 of that year at a temporary location (the Marriott near the Texas Motor Speedway).[10] Pastor Sion Alford is the Campus Pastor.[11]

Jackson Hole, Wyoming[edit]

In February 2019, Gateway Church announced a merger with River Crossing Church in early 2019. Pastor Jim Hall has been selected as the Campus Pastor.[12]

Prison campuses[edit]

Also in early 2019 Gateway Church announced that it opened a campus inside the Coffield Unit, the largest prison in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It is open to minimum security inmates (and, with special permission, medium security inmates) but all inmates may obtain Gateway materials.[13] A second campus was later opened at the Estes Unit outside of Venus.[14] Pastor Stephen Wilson serves as campus pastor for both prison campuses.

Church Plants[edit]

Gateway Church Plants share DNA and Oversight with Gateway while having their own Senior Pastor and Eldership.

Gateway Church, Arizona[edit]

In late 2011, Gateway announced that former young adults pastor Preston Morrison was planting a new Gateway Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.[15] The church launched in August 2012.[16] On May 13, 2018, Gateway Church Arizona launched an additional campus at 1137 E Warner Rd in Tempe, Arizona.[17]

Gateway Church, Houston[edit]

It was announced in late 2018 that Pastor Ethan Fisher (son in law of Pastor Robert Morris and previous Young Adults Pastor) will move his family to launch a new church in Houston, Texas.[18]

Table Church, Austin[edit]

In 2017, Gateway announced that Pastor Josh Morris (son of Pastor Robert Morris and previous Southlake Campus Pastor) is leading a team to plant a church in Austin, Texas. Table Church launched in early 2019.


The King's University at Gateway[edit]

Launched in September 2012, The King's University at Gateway offers full accredited undergraduate and master's degree with a doctorate degree plan within two years.[19] When initially launched, the Southlake campus was an extension campus located at the former Southlake church building on Southlake Blvd. On November 14, 2013, there was a special Dedication Service and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at The King's University at Gateway making it the official location for King's University founded by Jack W. Hayford.[20] Dr. Jon Chasteen serves as the president.[21]


Gateway produces a weekly television program, Pastor Robert Morris Ministries (formerly called The Blessed Life). This program airs on the Daystar Television Network, Golden Eagle Broadcasting, and Trinity Broadcasting Network and features sermons from past Gateway Church services.[22]

Gateway Worship[edit]

Gateway Worship, the worship band that leads worship at the Gateway Church, had some success in 2008 with their live album as it reached No. 2 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart. Gateway's live album God Be Praised was released on November 9, 2010,[23] with Japanese, Korean and Portuguese versions released in 2012.[citation needed] The live album, Walls, which was released on October 2, 2015, reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart.[23]


  1. ^ "Robert Morris". Gateway Church. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Evans". Gateway Church. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Smith, Diane. "Gateway Church wants 100 percent of its members to vote". Fort Work Star-Telegram. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Throckmorton, Warren. "Gateway Church Confirms Significant Staff Reductions". Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Southlake-based Gateway Church confirms it will cut staff by 10-15 percent". Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Gateway Church opens new campus". Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Progress". Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved June 17, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Gateway Church Extension Campus". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Campus Staff". Gateway Church. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
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  11. ^ "New Campuses". Gateway Church. February 13, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "rivercrossing". rivercrossing. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Gateway Church Seeing Revival, 500 Salvations at Its New Prison Church Campus". CBN News. February 4, 2019.
  14. ^ "Gateway Church".
  15. ^ "Talking with Pastor Robert Morris, Gateway Church, Texas". 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Our Heart, Our Story". 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Visit - Gateway Church". Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  18. ^ "Gateway Church". Gateway Church. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  19. ^ "TKU – Accreditation and Assessment". 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  20. ^ "Hayford, Morris Help the King's University Vision Thrive". 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  21. ^ "Dr. Jon Chasteen". The King's University. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  22. ^ "The Blessed Life program Information". Archived from the original on December 14, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  23. ^ a b Billboard AllMusic

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Coordinates: 32°56′21″N 97°07′17″W / 32.939123°N 97.121525°W / 32.939123; -97.121525